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Canada’s Immigration Backlog Current Status and Progress

Canada’s Immigration Backlog: Current Status and Progress

Canada’s immigration system continues to face challenges with a high volume of applications. According to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), as of May 31, 2024, there are 2,220,000 applications for citizenship, permanent residence, and temporary residence under processing. Of these, 878,400 applications are classified as backlogged, exceeding the usual IRCC service standards.

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Breakdown of Backlog by Visa Type

Citizenship Applications:

  • 17% Backlogged: Significant progress has been made, reducing from 47,400 backlogged applications in April to 43,000 in May, marking a 9.2% improvement.

Permanent Residence Applications:

  • 300,600 Backlogged: A slight decrease from 302,400 in April, showing a 0.6% improvement.

Temporary Residency Applications:

  • 534,800 Backlogged: Reduced from 548,100 in April, indicating a 2.4% improvement. Applications processed within service standards increased from 661,300 to 688,700.


Categories Facing Significant Challenges

Despite these improvements, certain categories still face delays:

  • Express Entry Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs): 24% are in backlog.
  • Temporary Resident Visas: 58% are in backlog.
  • Work Permits: 53% are in backlog.

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IRCC’s Service Standards and Efforts

IRCC aims to process 80% of applications within specific timeframes. Meeting these benchmarks is crucial for the efficiency of Canada’s immigration system. The IRCC is focusing on streamlining processes, increasing staffing, and leveraging technology to reduce delays and improve service standards.

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Canada’s Immigration Targets for 2024

Canada plans to welcome 485,000 new immigrants in 2024, as per the latest immigration levels plan for 2024-2026. Addressing the backlog is critical to achieving these targets and maintaining Canada’s reputation as a top destination for immigrants.

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While Canada’s immigration backlog remains high, progress is being made. Prospective immigrants should stay informed about the current state of the backlog and the measures being taken to address it. Understanding these factors can help navigate the application process and plan for a future in Canada.

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